New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2004
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
James L. Teare
Mr. Teare was born and raised in Santa Fe and attended the University of New Mexico.
In a new town whose citizens came from all parts of the country, Mr. Teare set an example of responsible civic service. He helped Los Alamos mature. He served as Chairman of the Los Alamos County Commission and was instrumental in bringing that maturity to fruition with the development of land for home ownership by town residents. He established Los Alamos' first bank, a branch of the First National Bank of Santa Fe. His important role in banking continued as a founder of the Los Alamos Building and Loan Association, and later he played an important part in the start of Los Alamos National Bank.
When the community of Los Alamos was young. James Teare played an important role in the life of a developing community and for many years subsequent.
Mr. Teare served, as chairman of the Los Alamos Hospital Board, the Los Alamos County Selective Service Board, the Los Alamos Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Los Alamos Red Cross chapter, and for five consecutive Saving Bond Drives. He was a charter member of the Los Alamos Kiwanis Club.
As a member of the County Commission, he spearheaded development of an access road to the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.
For the last 15 years, Mr. Teare and his wife have been serving missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Zimbabwe,, Africa; West Indies; New Zealand and British Columbia, Canada.